Wait­ing Game

It looks like the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the Mal­dives will con­tinue to rule by force and is in no mood to pay heed to mass pub­lic protests.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Lubna Jerar Naqvi

Voices of dis­sent against the Yameen gov­ern­ment are grow­ing.

Acoun­try can­not re­solve its prob­lems un­less its peo­ple get in­volved. But for na­tions like the Mal­dives, which have a frac­tured democ­racy, pub­lic in­volve­ment usu­ally means a clash with the gov­ern­ment. At such times, in­stead of a so­lu­tion, the sit­u­a­tion only gets worse.

The Mal­dives has been con­stantly protest­ing since 2013, as the op­po­si­tion - the Mal­di­vian Demo­cratic Party - has been urg­ing Pres­i­dent Ab­dulla Yameen to re­lease his pre­de­ces­sor, for­mer Pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Nasheed. He was the first demo­crat­i­cally-elected pres­i­dent of the coun­try but was re­moved from power on al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion. Pres­i­dent Yameen took over af­ter the elec­tions in 2013.

The short demo­cratic rule of

Mo­hamed Nasheed

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